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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 9, 2010

by on Dec.09, 2010 @ 3:44 pm, under NPB

The Tigers have been talking to Kyuji Fujikawa's agent about his 2011 contract and will likely settle on a 1-year deal worth 400M yen (or a tad higher) before the end of the year.

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Takashi Toritani plans on working out in Nago, Okinawa again in January.

The Tigers are also rumored to be preparing a multi-year deal (3 or more years) worth around 300M yen a year.  Toritani is scheduled to earn his domestic FA option next season.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto worked out for about 7 hours on Wednesday (from 10am to 5:30pm; includes a break for lunch).  Seems 7 hours is a career high for Kanemoto.

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Takahiro Arai is looking to hit 30 homers next season.  If he does, he'll become the first Japanese right-handed hitter on the Tigers to do it since Akinobu Okada (35 HR) and Akinobu Mayumi (34 HR) in 1985.

In his career, Arai has only managed to hit 30 or more homers once: as a member of the Hiroshima Carp he hit 43 homers in 2005.

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Ken Nishimura is continuing to work on his walking stature as part of his training.  Nishimura started the walking exercises last year (fall camp) after the coaches advised him to give it a try after noticing his bad posture.

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Tatsuya Kojima isn't taking any time off this year and has been working on improving his mechanics by checking out past video footage (back from his college and industrial league years).

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Sponichi reports that Kenji Jojima will most likely attend Ni-gun spring camp next year.  There was talk about either sending Jojima to a warm region for his rehab or having him tag along with the Ichi-gun group for spring camp (Okinawa), but after the team and Jojima spoke, it was decided a Ni-gun start would be best.

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Takumi Akiyama will be taking part in the Jojima Group workout sessions that begin on 1/9 in Sasebo, Nagasaki.  At this point, it seems Jojima will be able to attend the sessions as well, but will likely be working on a completely separate training program.

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Training coach Atsunori Ito is already thinking about what he'll have the team's 2010 draft picks do during Rookie Workouts that begin on 1/9.  While specific workouts haven't been decided on yet, it does appear as though the Tigers plan on reintroducing workouts from the past (like the screaming while running drills).  The team also appears to be concerned about creating a solid foundation for the rookies to work off of -- they don't want repeats of what happened Kazuhito Futagami and Masanori Fujihara.

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The Hanshin Tigers are not only hoping that Keiichi Yabu will be their Ni-gun pitching coach next season, but they're also hoping he can help them with their scouting in the US as well.